Karina Schoengold

Karina Schoengold

Associate Director of the Nebraska Water Center


307A Filley Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0922

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Research Interests

Natural resource economics, water resources, technology adoption, policy analysis, ecosystem service valuation, risk management

Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Dr. Schoengold joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. She has a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley in Agricultural and Resource Economics (2005), and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Economics and Mathematics (1998).

Her research program relates to a range of agri-environmental policy issues, with a significant focus on water and soil management. Specifically, she is interested in how individuals make decision regarding the use of scarce and/or polluting inputs, and how policy design affects those decisions. Her research has been funded by a range of programs, including NSF, USDA-NIFA, USDA-ERS, USGS, and the Water for Food Daugherty Global Institute at the University of Nebraska.

Collaborators and Useful Links

Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska
Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture Project

Recent Publications

Khanal, B., Schoengold, K., Mieno, T. & Schulte Moore, L. (2022). The impact of policy design on willingness to pay for ecosystem services from prairie strips. Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Article DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/jaa2.33

Alhassan, M., Gustafson, C. R., & Schoengold, K. (2022). Effects of information on smallholder irrigation farmers’ willingness to pay for groundwater protection. Agricultural Economics53(2), 191-203. Article DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/agec.12695

Suchato, P., Mieno, T., Schoengold, K. & Foster, T. (2021) The Potential for Moral Hazard Behavior in Irrigation Decisions under Crop Insurance. Agricultural Economics. Article DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/agec.12676

Riley, D., Mieno, T., Schoengold, K., & Brozović, N. (2019). The impact of land cover on groundwater recharge in the High Plains: An application to the Conservation Reserve Program. Science of The Total Environment696, 133871. Article DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.133871

Silva, F., Fulginiti, L., Perrin, R., & Schoengold, K. (2019). The Effects of Irrigation and Climate on the High Plains Aquifer: A County‐Level Econometric Analysis. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association55(5), 1085-1101. Article DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1752-1688.12781

Khachaturyan, M. and K. Schoengold (2019) “Applying Interconnected Game Theory to Analyze TransboundaryWaters: A Case Study of the Kura-Araks Basin” Water Economics and Policy 5(1): 1-32. Article DOI: https://doi.org/10.1142/S2382624X18500169

Schoengold, K. and N. Brozović (2018) “The Future of Groundwater Management in Nebraska and the High Plains: Evolving institutions, aquifers, and regulations” Western Economic Forum. Article DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.273678

Bhattacharya, S., K. Giannakas, and K. Schoengold (2017) “Market and Welfare Effects of Renewable Portfolio Standards in United States Electricity Markets” Energy Economics, 64: 384-401. Article DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eneco.2017.03.011

Sun, S., J.P. Sesmero, and K. Schoengold (2016) “The Role of Common Pool Problems in Irrigation Inefficiency: A Case Study in Groundwater Pumping in Mexico” Agricultural Economics, 47(1): 117-127, available online 7-JAN-2016, DOI: 10.1111/agec.12214.

Schoengold, K., Y. Ding, and R. Headlee (2015) “The Impact of Ad hoc Disaster and Crop Insurance Programs on the Use of Risk Reducing Conservation Tillage Practices”, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 97(3): 897-919, available online: 9-Sep-2014 at DOI: 10.1093/ajae/aau073.

Working Papers

"The Role of Spatially Varying Descriptive Norms on Public Valuation of Ecosystem Services Associated with Improved Soil Health: A Discrete Choice Experiment on Nudging" (with C. Mavroutsikos, A. Yiannaka, S. Banerjee, K. Giannakas, and T. Awada)

"Using Precision Conservation to Target Land Retirement: Incorporating spatially variable profit and crop insurance premiums" (with B. Khanal, T. Mieno, and D. Bullock)

“Estimating the Impact of Groundwater Allocations on Irrigation Behavior and Energy Use: Implications for groundwater policy design” (with T. Mieno and J. Keeler)

"Predicting Groundwater Trade Participation” (with E. Juchems, N. Brozović, T. Mieno, and R. Rimsaite)